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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 564
Gots: 478 | FT: 36
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006

Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. Each time a barrel is filled, a measure of liquid seeps into the oak and is lost for good.This striking Strong Ale is brewed with copious amounts of Caramel malt to emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors found in freshly emptied bourbon or brandy barrels. The beer spends a year in oak before it is packaged for release.
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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a snifter a dark, opaque brown with no head to speak of other than a few stray bubbles. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, and oak-soaked bourbon. Taste was slick and sweet right off the bat, with an obvious alcohol kick, dark malts and bourbon are dominant, and balance each other pretty good. Some subtle fruit notes come through. Full-bodied, strong, but smooth and fairly drinkable...to be savored slowly, and definitely at a warmer temperature. Better if you are a fan of bourbon obviously. I did like the brandy version of this beer much better.

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of tbizzle0
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of VAbdoyan
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color is rustic brownish without any head to speak of

S - the nose is of sweet bourbony aromas of vanilla and some caramel; there are also dark fruits present on the nose

T - sweet dark fruits open this one up nicely. Next up are some raisins and sticky malts mixed with a little cola. A load of bourbon shows up on the backend and overwhelms everything else. Pretty solid taste profile going on here.

M - flat and watery, underwhelming

D - this is a solid beer, love the bourbon and vanilla flavors in it. For some reason, it just seemed to fall a bit short as a complete beer, though. The price point has kept me away from it in the past and I think it will continue to do so in the future.

Photo of Captainren
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the tap in a tulip glass.

Appears a murky dark brown, not quite black. Very little head. Aroma is strong and boozy, tons of whiskey. Taste is dominated by the bourbon as well, but too much in my opinion. Alcohol, oak, a little vanilla. Thin to medium body, moderate carbonation. It could be thicker to match the power of the flavor.

Finally got to try this , I had been on the look out for it on draft, as I wasn't willing to chance a flat bottle. But for the high price, I probably won't seek it out again

Photo of wtfuggles
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of paulozanello
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy brown purplish color, with almost no head. Mildly viscous with a small amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet malts with licorice, dark fruits, chocolate, molasses and oak bourbon and vanilla notes that get better and better as it warms.

Taste is very powerful and sweet with molasses, plums, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Finishes long and sweet with tons of oak and vanilla notes. Aftertaste is chocolaty and a bit roasted.

Body is heavy and mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, with mild to low carbonation . Despite being definitely a sweet beer it is well balances and the fairly high abv is amazingly well hidden.

Overall an amazing beer from Lost Abbey. Nice balance of sweetness well complemented by the wooden notes. A classic.

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Kranders
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap pre-thanksgiving. Small 5oz pour. Fantastic strong bourbon filled aroma that really set the tone for the beer. Nice malty taste with a little bit of oaky-barrel flavor coming through and a nice strong bourbon finish. Kind of straddled the line between a thick and thin beer, with aspects of both that muddled it up a little. Great overall beer, but not the most exceptional barrel aged RIS.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of beefandbean22
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jethrodium
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a very dark amber with a small tan head that disappears quite quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is big bourbon, some leather, caramel, a bit of oak, vanilla, and a moderate amount of alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with caramel and vanilla. Then comes some bourbon and a light cherry flavor. The finish is warming and leaves a lingering oak presence. Surprisingly, the taste is not all that boozy. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. This is quite a tasty beer. It's sweet, but not cloying. I'm not going to regularly pay the huge price for bottles, but it is certainly worth the price when it is found on tap.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,583 ratings.